Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Have you ever been to Olive Garden and had their soup and salad combo? If not, I definitely suggest trying it!! The one soup I always order is their Pasta e Fagioli soup. It is packed with flavor and sooooooo delicious!! I was so in the mood for it a few weeks back, but since it was later in the day, the kids were tired and getting cranky, I definitely did not feel like packing them up in the car and going out for dinner. I decided to throw some ingredients together and hope for the best. The outcome was perfect! It tastes just like the classic Olive Garden dish and even my kids went crazy over it! It is hearty, simple to make, and packed with veggies! Since it makes a lot, it is perfect to put the leftovers in the freezer for another night!!



  • 1 cup Ditalini pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped (I always use baby carrots, if using whole carrots, use about 3)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomato
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed



  1. Boil water in a large pot and cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in dutch over or large pot and cook Italian sausage until cooked through and crumbly. Set aside.
  3. Add remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to pot and cook the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery for about 3-4 minutes, or until tender.
  4.  Pour in chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomato, dried basil, salt/pepper, Italian seasoning, Italian sausage, and 1 cup of water.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Add in the beans and cooked pasta.
  7. Serve!!





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  1. Saleta says:

    Made this tonight exactly per your directions. The soup has a nice flavor and was day to make; however, it does not taste like the soup at Olive Garden. I eat that probably at least once a month, and this does not taste like it. Still good though. 🙂

  2. Kristin says:

    So glad you enjoyed it! It’s a favorite of mine, 🙂 Sounds like I need to head over to The Olive Garden again and taste theirs too see if I can get it a closer match, hehe! Hope you have a fabulous day!!

  3. KELLY says:

    I have made plenty of soups and this is by far the BEST ever!!! My whole family loved it! the sausage adds great flavor! Wonderful. Thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Can you tell me what Great Northern Beans are please? I’ve never heard of them……. Is there some other beans I could use ?

  5. Sue Harter says:

    Just made this. To say it is amazing doesn’t come close to how good it is! Awesome and so easy! I am sold and certainly going to try more recipes as well as another bowl of this soup.

  6. Kristin says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed this! It definitely is a favorite in my family! Keep us posted on any other recipes you try and enjoy that second bowl of soup 🙂

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